Adjusting to dentures takes time. Fortunately, this blog post offers new denture tips to help you get through the first 30 days.
We understand that it may be uncomfortable wearing your dentures for the first time, which is why our dentist is always more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Whether you’ll need full or partial dentures will depend on how many teeth you need to replace. Continue reading to learn what you can expect during your first 30 days of wearing your new denture teeth.
Do You Ever Get Used to Dentures?
Yes, you’ll eventually get used to wearing your full or partial dentures. While you may have a few sore spots on your gums, these should go away after the first 30 days of wearing dentures. As a first-time denture wearer, you’ll have to get used to speaking, eating, and smiling with a new oral appliance.
First 24 Hours
Like the name suggests, immediate dentures can be worn immediately after extracting teeth. If we need to extract teeth, our dentist may prescribe you pain relievers and antibiotics to take as directed while the site heals. It’s important that you don’t remove your dentures during the first 24 hours so the gums have a chance to heal. Youract much like a bandaid during your first day, which is why you’ll even need to wear your dentures to bed.
After the first 24 hours, we highly recommend removing your dentures before going to sleep. That way, your gums have a chance to rest and stay healthy. Your gums were never designed to be covered by dentures 24/7, which is why you need to give them breaks.
Since the extraction sites will be sore, we recommend eating soft foods like mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese.
First 2 Weeks
Once 24 hours have passed since tooth extraction, you’ll need to return to our office so our dentist can remove your dentures. It’s normal to develop sore spots during the first few days of wearing dentures. You may also have more saliva.
Gum tissue contracts as it heals. For this reason, you may need to visit our office several times so your dentures fit comfortably. If you experience dental discomfort or pain while eating, we recommend supplementing meals with Ensure or another protein-rich drink.
After 2 Weeks
It takes time for your gums, cheeks, and tongue to adjust to wearing an oral appliance. However, after a couple of weeks have passed, you’ll notice fewer sore spots in your mouth and less saliva. Don’t hesitate to call our office if you need your dentures adjusted. We’d be more than happy to set up a time for you.
It’ll take some time for you to get used to eating and talking with dentures. If you lisp while you talk, we recommend reading aloud from your favorite book and keeping a running list of words that give you difficulty. The more you speak with your dentures, the easier it’ll become over time.
Take care of yourlike you would natural teeth. For example, you’ll need to brush your dentures twice a day to remove plaque and prevent bad odor. Submerge your full or partial dentures in water or denture cleanser when you’re not wearing them so they don’t dry out.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. Don’t be one of them. If you’re wearing full dentures, you won’t have any natural teeth left. However, it’s still important to keep your gums healthy by brushing them twice a day.
Ready to Make an Appointment?
Dr. Jeff Helmus DDS and his team are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile. We can help you explore your tooth replacement options, including dentures. To schedule your appointment with our denture dentist in Wyoming MI, call River Ridge Dentistry at (616) 538-7320.
[This blog post has been updated.]